Name: Lily Freeman
Tell us a little about yourself:
Firstly I am a wife and a mother. I’ve been happily married for 16 years to an incredible man and I have two gorgeous children, a son and a daughter, and a dog. I’m a clothing designer by trade and have worked in the industry for seventeen years, specialising in custom made woman’s wear. As a job, I love it. It gives me the freedom to be creative and the satisfaction of knowing that I am making woman feel more confident with themselves and their bodies.
I love exercise and have tried most things from martial arts to body building. But my main passion is writing and reading.
What is your latest news?
My current work is a continuation of ‘The Red Series’. With the conclusion of book three ‘To Catch A Flame’, PJ’s story ended, and India, her best friend’s began. Indy and Trey’s story has been very quietly simmering in the background through all three previous novels with just enough to keep the reader guessing. They’ve been waiting for this one, and asking, so it’s an absolute pleasure to be finally putting pen to paper and capturing it
When and why did you begin writing?
For none of the reasons you may think. My journey into the wonderful world of writing began with an earthquake and was followed by thousands of aftershocks. At the time I needed a distraction from the environment I was living in, so I read, a lot. When I’d exhausted all the authors I knew, I went in search of more and it was then that I made a new friend who gave me my first erotic novel. Months later when my eyes had well and truly been opened to a whole wide world I never knew existed, the same woman mentioned that she’d quite like to get into proof reading, so I decided to write her something. Three books later I stopped. It’s fair to say, I am an accidental author.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The day my book was published. Yet it still doesn’t seem real and probably won’t for a very long time.
What inspired you to write your first book?
Funny story really, which again reverts back to the earthquakes. With the financial pressure of running a business in a broke city, my business hit a bit of a slump, which in turn meant I overpaid some tax. The following year I received a tax refund so the family headed to England for a much-needed break. While in London, we decided to take a water taxi ride down the Thames, but ended up a little lost on the wrong side of the river and wandering through the alleys of Southwark. It was there that I saw across the river, a warehouse apartment with a woman standing in the window, just looking out. It started me thinking, how could someone so young afford to live in central London, and if that were me, what would I do with my life. A Little Band of Red was born from that thought.
Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes. I like to think of it as clean and crisp, not to wordy, but descriptive enough to let the reader be exactly where you want them to be, breathing with your characters and experiencing who they are. I like a fast paced plot with a realistic sense of time, and character development is pivotal to me.
How did you come up with the title?
It was the one thing in the book that truly changed PJ, my main characters life.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
No. As it’s told from multiple points of view, each character’s message or journey is different. Readers will take from it what they will.
How much of the book is realistic?
I like to think all of it. While it’s not based on actual events, the emotional responses and the events themselves are completely realistic. It’s something that’s extremely important to me as a writer and as a reader. I want people to be able to slot themselves into whichever chosen role the feel suites them best and if the story is far-fetched or not plausible, personally I find that impossible to do.
What books have most influenced your life?
Without doubt, Abduction by Varian Krylov.
This book made me look at sentence structure and the power of a single word if placed correctly, to lead the reader deeper and deeper into the book. I’ve never read such a powerfully written novel.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest and who is your favourite author?
I really like Lucy Christopher’s ‘Stolen.’ It would have to be one of the most captivating books I’ve ever read, but as far as new authors go, I’d have to say Jade West. I love that her books are set in England, and I love the raw intensity of them.
Name one person who supported you outside of your family?
My best friend Anna, who was also the reason I started this whole crazy journey. She has been there for me at every stage and continues to be.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. Quite honestly, I do.
If you had to do it all again, would you change anything?
No. By the time ‘A Little Band Of Red’ went live, I’d read it at least one hundred times and completely re-written it twice. It was done, and I adored every word.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It was a single moment of curiosity; almost like a dare to myself ‘Can I do it.’
Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?
Oddly, no. I never get writers block, I always know where I’m going and how I’m going to get there. Writing is a joy to me.
Do you have to travel much?
No, but as my novels are based in London, and I’m not, at some point soon I’d like too.
Who designs your covers?
Margot Korhonen from http://www.mkgraphicsolutions.com
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The time factor. I wrote the first three books together, so whenever I did something to one, I had to follow that through all three. Editing took a year and a half. That was hard.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I don’t think I could ever answer that question and do it justice. I learned so much.
If any of your books were made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Funnily enough, I’ve never found my PJ, but I have found Elliot. I’d like him played by Roman Reigns please.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Love your book one hundred per cent before you put it out there because you are going to have to stand behind it all the way, and it is exhausting but if you believe in it, it’s worth it.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Hold on tight, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.
Do you remember the first book you read?
The first real book I read was Sidney Sheldon’s ‘If Tomorrow Comes’. I probably read it ten times.
What makes you laugh/cry?
Animals doing cute things. Comedian Russel Howard. A good movie. I’ll laugh out loud at all of these, but I’m not much of a crier really.
Is there one person past or present you would like to meet?
David Attenbourgh, without a doubt. That man has to have seen everything and been everywhere. To talk to him would be amazing.
What do you want written on your head stone?
Nothing, I want to be made into a diamond. Apparently they can do it in Russia.
Other than writing do you have any hobbies?
Reading would be my other major passion and exercise. I love cross fit and pushing myself physically, and travel, driving on the open road.
What T.V sows do you enjoy watching?
I love ‘Hell on wheels’ and ‘Buffy the vampire slayer’. I have been known to get slightly obsessive about Survivor as well.
What are your favourite things?
My favourite food/drink is coffee, hands down. I don’t really have a sweet tooth, but I do like salted caramel chocolate. My favourite colour is yellow and I love Mumford and Sons.
If you were not a writer what else would you have done?
While I write far more than anything else, I still work as a clothing designer, which I love.
Do you have a blog or website etc?
Yes they are:
Do you have links to where we can buy ‘A Little Band Of Red’?